U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Left-hand turns blocked at lower Carson Road/Sierra Blanca Road

Left-hand turns blocked at lower Carson Road/Sierra Blanca Road.

Left-hand turns blocked at lower Carson Road/Sierra Blanca Road       Construction of the wildlife undercrossing

Left-hand turns blocked at lower Carson Road/Sierra Blanca Road (Left).  Construction of the wildlife undercrossing (Right). 

Project Facts

Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to improve safety on U.S. Highway 50 (US 50) in the Camino corridor by installing a concrete median barrier, repaving the roadway, constructing an undercrossing, providing access to the undercrossing from local roads, improving drainage, and constructing a wildlife crossing under the highway. The project is in El Dorado County on US 50 from the Mosquito Road Undercrossing to the Schnell School Road Undercrossing (culvert replacement work) and from 0.2 miles west of Still Meadow Road to 0.2 miles east of Carson Road, post miles (PMs) 18.5 to 24.2.

Project Benefits

The purpose of this project is to improve safety on US 50 in the Camino corridor by installing a concrete median barrier that would restrict left-turn movements at at-grade intersections, rehabilitate deteriorated culverts and provide access for wildlife crossing the route. Safety improvements are needed because the collision rates along this segment of US 50 are higher than the statewide average. The culverts have exceeded their intended design life and require rehabilitation, and the wildlife crossing is needed to facilitate off-highway movement between the north and south side of US 50. A secondary purpose is to maintain local and regional access to and from the north and south sides of Highway 50 while providing safe east-west access on and off the highway.

Construction Updates

September 12-18

  • Lane closures will be in place Sunday night through Friday morning for the placement of barrier rail starting at Apple Cafe going east toward Camino Heights.
  • Drainage work in the median of Highway 50 will continue in advance of the barrier rail placement.
  • Pile driving will be completed on the southern half of the Pondorado Undercrossing and footing construction will begin.
  • Work on the slopes outside of the roadway at the wildlife undercrossing will continue as will the installation of drainage culverts.

News Releases/Project Information

Traffic Changes for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Extended Lane Closures on Highway 50 for Camino Safety Project

Weekday Lane Reductions to Start on U.S. Highway 50 Project

U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Under Way

U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Presentation 6-24-21 (.pdf)

U.S. Camino Safety Project Construction Completion Schedule (.xlsx)

Funding Breakdown

Phase 1 Funding:
Local - $7,300,000
State - $5,500,000
Federal - $42,600,000
Estimated Total Project Cost - $55,400,000

Project Schedule

Environmental Document Completed -- 01/30/18
Right of Way Acquisition Completed -- 07/01/19
Design Completed -- 07/01/19
Advertise -- 12/15/19
Begin Construction -- 08/15/20
Expected Completion -- 12/01/22

Partnership

El Dorado County, El Dorado County Transportation Commission

Project Contact

Robert Nguyen, Project Manager
Phone: (530) 682-6333

Steve Nelson, Public Information Officer
Phone: (530) 741-4566